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The Pursuit of Happyness

I’m sorry, but Will Smith has it wrong. In the 2006 Hollywood film, Smith was nominated for an Oscar for his portrayal of the out-of-luck battler, Chris Gardner. Despite his valiant efforts, Gardner ends up jobless, homeless and with a marriage breakdown. However, with persistence, hard work and charm, he eventually lands his dream career path; seemingly destining him for a huge pay rise and sought-after happiness.

But is money the key to happiness? Is Bill Gates any happier or content than you? Aside from the obvious annual trip to the ski slopes or a tropical island, do you really want for anything that money alone can buy?

Wise folk claim that to be truly happy in life we actually only need three things: Something to do, someone to love and something to hope for. St Paul claimed similar in his letter to the Corinthians when he said that the three most important things in life were “love, faith and hope.”

It is with this lens that we approach the year at Ambrose Treacy College. We know the boys have plentiful school work to do, we trust that they have loving families and friends to support, and we hope that they themselves have a deep enthusiasm or optimism for their futures. Be they 9 or 16, the ability to have a positive outlook on each day, will serve our community well. If we assist one another in all that we do, happiness and hope is contagious.

H-O-P-E. Helping Other People’s Easy!

At the College Opening Mass on Tuesday, this theme was introduced to the students. Regardless of what year level, class or house your son is in, we strive to produce hope; to produce men capable of bringing opportunity and peace to a sometimes confusing world. Chris Gardner’s virtues of determination and relentlessness are certainly important, but so too is the ability to love, believe and dream.

Email the Author, Matt Warr Assistant Dean of Formation.